One book a month. Not bad.

I finished reading Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami after a month. That is already an achievement for me! The last novel I've read completely was Game of Thrones Book 2. Back then, reading a book is an addiction, now, it still is, but it's something that I cannot leisurely do anymore. I still read, however, the selections are mostly for school, tutorial, review and academic purposes. I still believe, I just have time management issues. I took time to read this one. Another thing I guess that helped me finished reading this book, is that it is in .epub format. I had it on my UB Reader App in tablet and I had access to it easily.


These are a few of the quotes from the book that I like, love and can relate to.......

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Anyway, my point is that it's really hard for people to live their lives alone.

It's easy to forget things you don't need anymore.

There's so much we have to remember it is a pain.

Once you're lost, you panic. You're in total despair, not knowing what to do. I hate it when that happens.

I feel a little bad about lying, but there's not much I can do about it. I've got to bend some rules myself if I want to survive.

There's no such thing as absolute.

In this whole wide world, the only person you can depend on is you.

No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.

We don't have a lot of time, so let me jump to the conclusion, if you don't mind. What you can do for me is kill me. Take my life, in other words.

Truthfully, I am sick and tired of this life. I've long lived a long time. I don't even remember how old I am.

First you fear me. Then you hate me. And finally you kill me.

Most choices we make in life are equally outrageous.

You can't look too far ahead. Do that and you'll lose sight of what you're doing and stumble. I'm not saying you should focus solely on details right in front of you, ,ind you. You've got to look ahead a bit or else you'll bump into something. You've got to follow the proper order and at the same time keep an eye out for what's ahead. That's critical, no matter what you're doing.

Closing your eyes isn't going to change anything. Nothing's going to disappear just because you can't see what's going on. In fact, things will be even worse the next time you open your eyes. That's the kind of world we live in, Mr. Nakata. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won't make time stand still. 

I don't care what you are. Whatever you are, I like you.

With each new dawn it's not the same world as the day before. And you're not the same person you were, either.

Strong and independent? I'm neither one. I'm just being pushed along by reality, whether I like it or not. 

For me, inside this physical body-- this defective container-- the most important job is surviving from one day to the next. It could be simple or very hard. It all depends on how you look at it.

Every object's in flux. The Earth, time concepts, love, life, faith, justice, evil-- they're all fluid and in transition. They don't stay in one form or in one place forever. The whole universe is like a some big FedEx box.

The people who build strong fences are the ones who survive the best.

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.

You were badly hurt and those scars will be with you forever. I feel sorry for you, I really do. But think of it like this: It's not too late to recover. You're young, you're tough. You're adaptable. You can patch up your wounds, lift your head and move on. 

Why does loving somebody mean you have to hurt them just as much? I mean, if that's the way it goes, what's the point of loving someone?

There's still time. You can still get your self back. Use your head. Think about what you've got to do. You're no dunce. You should be able to figure it out.
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I started reading The Fault In Our Stars first week of February, and I'm still on Chapter 6.

A friend was kind enough to lend me a hardbound copy. I haven't cried yet. But I was warned not to read it in a public place, because, knowing me, I would cry. For now, I am still on the "kilig" parts. I plan to read it this weekend and hopefully, finish it.

One book a month. Not bad.

Comments

  1. I dare you to read Les Miserables. *hehe*

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    1. Haha. Di ko na yata kayang magbasa nun. Yung GOT book 3 nga, isang taon yata bago ko matapos, yung book 4 naman, eto tengga pa sa kung san natapos yung series. Huhu

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  2. I can't figure out a favorite quote or lines from the selection of your choices, but definitely ALL OF THEM carries a weight in our life. I'd love to read that book but unfortunately I don't have a copy -lols. Like you, I'm into reading now - I mean back into reading. I had been missing this routine for like months and I don't want my books - if they have a life of their own - scream at me and tell me to send them away to someone who would read them hahaha. I have plenty in queue. I hope I can finish a target as the year progresses.

    Balik basa tayong lahat hahaha!

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    1. Yeah, Dadijay. Back into reading. I find calmness when I read. Pag hindi nagbabasa ang mata at utak ko, sobrang restless ko :( and with reading, I never felt alone. Andami ding nakakalat na mga libro dito, waaa.. At marami pa kong kukunin sa province.... Hihi., Happy Reading!

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  3. Mas excited ako dun sa latter book na binabasa mo. Inngit mo lang ako nung last Sat. Lols. Want Want Want! Want ko yung The Fault In Our Stars. O sige nga pala.. pede yung movie watch na diun naten ha.

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    1. My sister wants to read it too, pag ok sya, Ill buy a paperback copy para sa kapayid ko :) dl kna ng epub copy! Hihi

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  4. Haruki Murakami ftw! nakilala ko sya dahil sa isang required reading nung undergrad days.

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    1. it took me a little while to discover this amazing author.. but im glad i did :)

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  5. 3/4s na ako sa FIOS, kaso sobrang queuing sa work di ko na maharap. Sarap sana magbasa, masyado lang talagang time consuming. Video games nalang mas mabilis! Haha.

    Mukang ang bigat ng book na yan. Di pa ako nakabasa ng book ni Haruki.

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    1. good for you! hahabol ako! lols...

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  6. Each quote can already be a blog post. Not knowing the material of the book and just reading the quotes make me see the comparison between the words and my life and other people's lives. With my last post about home, the quote about memories stuck harder than others. With your goal of one book a month comes more accomplishments. Good luck my friend.

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    1. That passage really struck me too. But I didnt put it on my fave list and let it stay that way because of the negative connotations it gave me. The story is twisted but there are a lot of words that can be compared with our real lives. I should have never stopped what I love doing, but I am happy I am back.

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  7. well isa sa bucketlist ko this year ee mag read ng khit iilnag book lang
    kahit anu basta makatapos lang hehe it may help me improve my comskills as well hehehe

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    1. start with easy-reads,... if gusto mo chickflicks din :P hahaha... pero definitely, i-push mo yan :)

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  8. OH MY GOODNESS! Kafka on the Shore is the first Murakami book that I read. From then on, my reading experience has changed. Ang ganda di ba? Halong mystery at surreal. As in napaka surreal. Sometimes it feels like Murakami was able to capture the sensations and visions that i usually experience in my dreams or nightmares. parang inception ang dating? hehehe...

    I loved the book. When i read this entry, I looked for the notebook where I usually write all the passages i like from a book that i read.... Hindi ko na makita. Anyway, I hope you enjoy more of his books!

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    1. My first with Murakami was Norwegian Wood. Remember that "pamper you stairs" post I had on facebook and you said you'll fill yours with Murakami, I told myself, I really should start reading his books because I lot of people I know really loved his twisted and surreal writings.... Not a bad choice to kick off the year of one book a month :) But yeah, I do look forward to reading at least 5 books this coming summer.

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